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City of Melbourne
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900 Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL  32901
Telephone:  (321) 608-7341
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swu@melbourneflorida.org
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STORMWATER PROJECTS FUNDED BY
THE STORMWATER UTILITY

Melbourne recently completed a Stormwater Quality Master Plan that listed potential projects and continued best management practices that will help the City reduce nutrients from entering the Indian River Lagoon. The map shows the location of the potential projects which will include 2nd Generation (or nutrient separating) Baffle Boxes, treatment ponds, rain gardens, wetland creation/restoration projects, exfiltration systems and more.

Projects currently under design or in permitting are:

South Sarno Area Drainage Improvements: The scope of work consists of widening the existing ditch banks by performing earthworks activities to construct a narrow, linear stormwater pond detention facility approximately 5,800 feet in length and approximately 135 feet in width from top-of-bank to top-of-bank. The pond location will be south of the southern boundaries of the Ixora Park and Greentree Park subdivisions, east of Croton Road, west of Apollo Boulevard, and north of airport property. Two (2) drainage control structures will be constructed to provide stormwater treatment. The nitrogen removal is estimated to be 1,300 pounds of total nitrogen.

Lime Drive Pond (Project 1): The project is located just east of Croton Road between Lime Drive and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The project drainage basin consists of 56.84 acres of residential, commercial and transportation land use. It is comprised of two separate drainage basins. The proposed project generally consists of construction of a 1.6 acre dry retention pond to be built on property that was recently deeded to the City by Brevard County. The pond will provide approximately 4.0 acre-feet of storage; equivalent to 1.0 inch over the basin area.

Highland Avenue Parking Lot (Project 22): The proposed project includes construction of a non- traditional stormwater treatment facility within the City owned parking lot on Highland Avenue. The non-traditional stormwater treatment system for this site includes a permeable, articulated concrete block/mat and an exfiltration system. The surface will look like pavers. Additional work will be done within the alleyway to the west of the parking lot to help alleviate runoff from the alley. The existing parking lot is currently unpaved. The project will provide treatment for 3 inches of rainfall for its basin area.

Bell Avenue Baffle Box (variation of Project 8): The Ixora Park Subdivision drains under Sarno Road near Bell Street. This area was noted within the Stormwater Quality Master plan as a location that would benefit from a stormwater quality project. The nutrient separating baffle box will reduce the drainage basin total nitrogen loading by 19 percent. The nutrient-separating baffle box works by catching trash and leaf litter in the top basket and the baffles allow for the water to be slowed down and sediments to settle out of the water column. Additionally, the box includes nutrient media that acts like a Brita® Filter and removes a portion of the nutrients from the water column.

Garfield Baffle Boxes (variation of Projects 30 & 31): The basin area includes the Bowe Gardens neighborhood; north of Sarno Road, east of Croton Boulevard, south of Eau Gallie Boulevard and west of Garfield Street. The baffle boxes will be constructed within existing City properties. Nutrient separating baffle boxes will reduce the drainage basin total nitrogen loading by 19 percent.

South Croton Road Baffle (Project 34): This basin includes the Oxford Ridge and Ixora Park neighborhoods; north of Ixora Drive West, south of Sarno Road, east of Westchester Avenue and west of West Ford Circle. The proposed project generally consists of constructing a treatment swale along Croton Road and installing a 2nd generation nutrient baffle box at the outfall.

Future projects that are included in the Stormwater Utility's 5-year capital improvement schedule are:

Autumn Woods Pond (Project 8): Northeast of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Commodore Boulevard. The basin area includes the Autumn Woods neighborhood; east of Commodore Boulevard, south of Caribbean Drive, north of West Eau Gallie Boulevard and west of Crane Park. The property is currently owned by the City. The proposed project generally consists of reconstruction of a 3.06 acre wet retention pond. The pond is projected to remove 41 percent of nitrogen from the basin.

Harbor City Boulevard Treatment Train (Project 32): The basin area is east of Airport Road, west of Harbor City Boulevard, north of East Strawbridge Avenue and south of Cherry Street. The project drainage basin consists of 540 acres of residential, commercial, and institutional land use. The proposed project generally consists of installing 2nd generation nutrient baffle boxes and 850 linear feet of stream restoration. Staff is evaluating the potential purchase of land and alternative locations for the baffle box.

Sherwood Park Pond/Baffle Box (Projects 4 and 5): The project drainage basin consists of 246 acres of residential land use. The basin area includes the Sherwood Park neighborhood; north of Post Road, west of the Florida East Coast Railroad (FECRR), east of North Wickham Road, and south of Wild Wood Drive. The proposed project generally consists of construction of an 8 acre wet retention pond. The pond will provide approximately 40 acre-feet of storage; equivalent to 22 days of retention for the annual average rainfall over the basin. If property acquisition is not possible, the City will consider installing a nutrient separating baffle box on City owned property with nitrogen removal estimated to be 700 pounds.

East Sarno Road Pond (Project 45): The project drainage basin consists of 6.3 acres of residential and commercial land use located west of US 1, north of Adger Smith Lane, east of the railroad tracks, and south of Hemlock Street. The proposed project generally consists of construction of a 0.13 acre dry retention pond. The pond will provide approximately 0.16 acre-feet of storage; equivalent to 1.0 inch over the basin area.

Sunwood Park Pond/Baffle Box (Project 10): Basin location is north of Aurora Road between Glenwood Drive and Mosswood Drive. While researching property acquisition, staff determined that a treatment pond would not properly function due to the water table elevations. Since the basin is in need of water quality treatment, a nutrient separating baffle box is now proposed to be installed on City owned property located downstream.

2nd Generation Baffle Boxes in various locations (Projects 35 and 40): The Croton Road baffle box basin includes the Croton Manor neighborhood; north of West Eau Gallie Boulevard, southwest of the Eau Gallie River and east of Eva Lane. The Strawbridge Avenue baffle box basin includes the Wells neighborhood; north of East Strawbridge Avenue, east of Pine Street, south of Palmetto Avenue, and west of Hickory Street.

Floating Wetlands (Project 20): This project consists of installing 28 floating vegetated islands in the seven stormwater ponds on the Crane Creek Reserve Golf Course. The recommended vegetated coverage is 5% of the pond surface area and each island is no larger than 500 square feet. Additional BMP improvements on the golf course may include vegetative planting around the ponds and installing buffer strip along the M-1 canal. The floating vegetated islands require annual harvesting and replanting.

Leewood Forest Wetland and Baffle Box (Project 33): The basin area includes the Colony West and Leewood Forest neighborhoods. It is bisected by Eau Gallie Boulevard, between Wickham Road and Croton Road. The project drainage basin consists of 149.50 acres of residential land use. The proposed project is to build an 11.4 acre wetland treatment area capable of providing stormwater detention prior to discharging to the Eau Gallie River. This project includes a baffle box to treat stormwater runoff from the portion of the basin south of Eau Gallie Boulevard. The proposed wetland will provide 50% total nitrogen load reduction and 60% when combined with the baffle box. The total estimated nitrogen reduction is 1,221 lbs/yr.

Jernigan Avenue Pond (Project 12): Intersection of Mill Street, Main Street, and Jernigan Avenue. The project drainage basin consists of 35.85 acres of residential land use. The basin area includes the Buckman neighborhood; south of Mill Street, east of Lipscomb Street, north of E. University Boulevard, and west of Main Street. The proposed project generally consists of construction of a 0.61-acre dry retention pond. The pond will provide approximately 0.76 acre-feet of storage; equivalent to 0.5 inches over the basin area.

A list of all projects identified in the Plan can be found on the project map.
 

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